Seven BAFTA Cymru nominations for ITV Welsh drama series The Pembrokeshire Murders

The gripping ITV drama series The Pembrokeshire Murders has been nominated for seven BAFTA Cymru awards.

The drama, produced by World Productions, which is part of ITV Studios, was taken from a book written by ITV Wales journalist Jonathan Hill and Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins.

The series followed the investigation into two double murders that shook Pembrokeshire in the 1980s.

John Cooper was played by Keith Allen who received a Best Actor nomination Credit: ITV

The launch episode of the three-part drama series which aired in January, was watched by 11.2 million viewers in its first week of broadcast - making it the biggest new ITV drama launch since 2006.

The ceremony, which honours excellence in broadcasting and production within film and television in Wales, announced on Tuesday that the Welsh drama series, starring Luke Evans was one of the top nominated programmes of the year.

The nominations include:

  • Keith Allen (Actor)

  • Alexandria Riley (Actress)

  • Dawn Thomas-Mondo (Costume Design)

  • Marc Evans (Director)

  • Baz Irvine (Photography and Lighting: Fiction) 

  • Production Team (Sound)

  • Pembrokeshire Murders (Television Drama)

Police were unable to charge anyone for the brutal killings and the cases remained unsolved until a renewed investigation in 2006, when both cases were reopened more than two decades after the first victims lost their lives.

A combination of extraordinary police work, new forensic technology and an appearance on ITV's gameshow Bullseye eventually led to the killer's capture.

Executive producer Jonathan Hill said he was "absolutely thrilled" that programme had been nominated in so many categories.

Steve Wilkins and Jonathan Hill on set filming the series

"It was a fantastic project to work on which showcased some of the very best talent we have here in Wales and it's so good to see that reflected in the nominations", he said.

"It was an important story to tell and to get right for the surviving victims and their families."

Luke Evans played detective Steve Wilkins in the three-part series Credit: ITV

A documentary also aired following the drama which features interviews with Wilkins, Hill and forensic scientists involved in the case.

That saw 5.7 million viewers tune in which was the biggest crime factual audience since Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald in January 2013. 

The ceremony will be streamed across BAFTA's social media channels at 7.00pm on Sunday, October 24.